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All 19 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Currie of Marylebone

UK Advertising in a Digital Age (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (25 Apr 2019)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert of Panteg, and his committee on their wide-ranging report and on this debate. I declare an interest as chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority and, until last June, of the Competition and Markets Authority. I will touch on several aspects of the report that relate to those two bodies, as well as picking up one or two points from...

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill — Second Reading (14 Nov 2012)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman designate of the Competition and Markets Authority which the Bill proposes should replace the existing Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission. I shall therefore focus on Parts 3 and 4, which establish the new authority and make some important changes to the competition and consumer regime that it will oversee. Without appearing...

Debate on the Address (27 Nov 2006)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I should like to focus on communications and, within that, the increasingly convergent industries of telecommunications and broadcasting. I have to declare an interest as chairman of Ofcom, which received its duties and powers from the Communications Act 2003, which your Lordships' House spent a great deal of time considering. The UK communications sector plays a key role in the...

Parliament and the Public (3 Nov 2005)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, on securing this debate and thank him, his very distinguished commission and the Hansard Society for this report. Speaking as the chairman of Ofcom, I was pleased that Ofcom was able to play a role in sponsoring and supporting the work of the commission. It has done an excellent job in looking at the relationships between the public,...

BBC Charter (21 Apr 2004)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I start by congratulating the noble Lord, Lord Barnett, on introducing this debate, and congratulating the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Norwich on his eloquent and witty maiden speech. I declare an interest of a sort as the chairman of Ofcom, although I speak in an individual capacity. As noble Lords will recall, Parliament has tasked Ofcom with conducting a major review of...

"Continuity in relation to appointed news provider (8 Jul 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, as chairman of Ofcom, I express my thanks for the enormous care and thoroughness with which your Lordships have considered this Bill. The House has lived up to its fine reputation as an effective revising chamber. In many respects, the Bill leaves the House in a much better shape than when it arrived. I pay tribute to noble Lords from all parts of the House for the care and...

Communications Bill (1 Jul 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, in considering this amendment, it may be helpful to your Lordships to know what Ofcom intends to do on its own account with respect to advisory structures in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Ever since I was appointed chairman of Ofcom last summer, I have made it clear and public that we will set up national advisory councils for each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,...

Communications Bill (26 Jun 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I want to emphasise that Ofcom announced last week—my chief executive announced in a speech—that we will set up a panel of this kind, precisely because we think that it will have considerable value. Disability is one of those genuinely wide-ranging issues that spans the whole spectrum of Ofcom's activities, and that can be well tackled by a converged regulator. A panel of that...

Communications Bill (26 Jun 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, the noble Baroness indicated that she was in disagreement with me. I am not quite sure of the basis of that disagreement.

Communications Bill (23 Jun 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I declare an interest as Chairman of Ofcom, and I should like to speak from that perspective. I was appointed just under a year ago to this position. We have been preparing Ofcom over this period, and have consulted widely with organisations that represent the public interest and with companies regulated by Ofcom in the telecoms and broadcasting fields—all of whom have expressed...

Communications Bill (23 Jun 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I fully accept that, and that distinction is fully reflected in the drafting of the Bill.

Communications Bill (25 Mar 2003)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, I add my voice to those of other noble Lords who have expressed their welcome for this Bill. I must at the outset declare an interest as the chairman of Ofcom. It is both a considerable privilege and responsibility to have that position. My interest in the Bill could not therefore be keener. The Bill sets out the duties that Parliament is to lay upon Ofcom, and the powers that Ofcom...

Office of Communications Bill [H.L.] (15 Oct 2001)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, like other noble Lords I welcome the Bill. It moves us towards a single regulator in the field of communications. That is a sensible, and perhaps overdue, response to growing convergence in the industry. In many respects, it mirrors the earlier convergence in financial services that led the Government to create the FSA. Like the FSA, Ofcom will regulate a sector that is crucial to...

Utilities Bill (5 Jul 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, in speaking to these two amendments I declare an interest as a member of the management board of Ofgem and a director of the solar energy group. I certainly support the objectives of the two amendments--we wish to promote embedded generation and renewables--but I have difficulties with them. The term "fair" in Amendment No. 27 is very subjective and open to widely differing...

Utilities Bill (5 Jul 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, by including a specific mention one is giving it weight over and above other measures which are equally important in the promotion of renewables and embedded generation.

Sections 24 to 26: Supplementary (21 Jun 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: I rise briefly to speak to the amendments in my name and that of my noble friend Lord Borrie. In practice, this ceiling on fines will not make any difference to the penalty actually levied, but it will make a difference to perceptions, as my noble friend so clearly indicated. I just flag up one important area in addition to those mentioned by my noble friend: overseas investment. The British...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: I support the objective of sustainable development but worry about this particular amendment, in part for the reasons given by the noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe. Sustainable development is a very broad concept that perhaps fits uneasily into the specifics of the Bill. However, the Bill also makes clear that longer-term inter-generational questions are very much the concern of the regulator...

Utilities Bill (13 Jun 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: Perhaps I can add to the remarks of the noble Lord, Lord Ezra, and those of my noble friend Lord Borrie, with which I fully agree, about the nature of competition and supply in electricity. A unique feature of the national grid system is the need to balance it on an almost second-by-second basis, without which it will become unstable. So it is not merely a question of a monopoly grid needing...

Utilities Bill (4 May 2000)

Lord Currie of Marylebone: My Lords, like my noble friend Lord Borrie, I start by declaring an interest as a non-executive member of the Ofgem management board, a special adviser to Ofgem and the DTI on the reform of electricity trading arrangements, and director of the Solar Energy Group. I greatly welcome this Bill. It provides a much sounder basis for the joint regulation of the electricity and gas sectors, and an...


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